Current MA and PhD Students

The following are select sociology graduate degree candidates.


Penny-Bee Kapilialoha Bovard, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Penny-Bee Kapilialoha Bovard

Email: pennybee@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Feminist and Oceanic Pedagogies and Methodologies. Sociology of Gender and Sport. Feminist Criminology

Advisor: Katherine Irwin

Austin (Keaupuni) Davis, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Austin (Keaupuni) Davis

Email: davisaus@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Hawaiian Sociology, Indigenous Paradigm, Argo-food Systems, Sts Studies, Asia-pacific Relations, Mixed Methods

Advisor: Aya Kimura

Samantha DeLine, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Samantha DeLine

Email: sdeline@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Military Sociology, Sociology of Health and Healthcare, Qualitative methods, Stigma and Mental Health

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Philipp Dembicki, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Philipp Dembicki

Email: pdembick@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Crime, Migration, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Rachel Engel, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Rachel Engel

Email: rengel@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Race, Ethnicity, Colorism, Southeast Asia

Advisor: Jennifer Darrah

Christielove Espinosa, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Christielove Espinosa

Email: ckee@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Indigenous Sociology, Intersectionality, Sociology of Education, Class Conflict and Inequalities

Advisor: Jennifer Darrah

Jon Fernquest, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Jon Fernquest

Email: jonfernq@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: State Killing and Society, History of Extrajudicial Killing in the Philippines, Ideologies of Solitary Music-Making and the Chinese Guqin, the Sanskrit-Pali Imaginary of Punishment and Warfare

Advisor: David Johnson

Bryanna Fong, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Bryanna Fong

Email: bryannaf@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Colonial Mentality, Psychosocial Effects of Colonialism and Imperialism, Pilipinx Diaspora, Decolonization

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Rumika Hillyer, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Rumika Hillyer

Email: rumika@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Migration, Food, Transnational Families, Japanese-Brazilian

Advisor: Patricia Steinhoff

Carly Ishihara, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Carly Ishihara

Email: cishi@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Mental Health, Generational Trauma, Asia-Pacific, Intersectionality

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Brent Jordan-Jornada, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Brent Jordan-Jornada

Email: brentdj@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sexuality, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Hispano Culture, Asian-pacific Culture, Cyberspaces, Aesthetics, Marketing, Behavioral Economics

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Alexandra Kisitu, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Alexandra Kisitu

Email: kisitu@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Health Lifestyles, Childbirth, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Hawaii-Based Issues Around Midwifery

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Hannah Liebreich, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Hannah Liebreich

Email: hannahli@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Gender Violence, Community Sociology, Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory

Advisor: Meda Chesney-Lind

Ellen Meiser, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Ellen Meiser

Email: emeiser@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Social Psychology, Emotions, Identity, Public Sociology, and Criminology

Advisor: David Johnson

Nathalie Rita, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Nathalie Rita

Email: nprita@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Migration and Mobility Studies, Global and Transnational Sociology, Race and Racism

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Keith-Scott

Keith Scott

Email: keithgs@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Multiculturalism, Race and Racism, Ethnic Nationalism, Neoliberalism and Inequality, Social Movements, Korea and East Asia

Advisor: Patricia Steinhoff

Aya Shirayama, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Aya Shirayama

Email: ayashira@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Ethnic Identity, Diaspora, Okinawans, Japanese Americans, Asia-Pacific

Advisor: Jennifer Darrah

Yusuke-Tsukada, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Yusuke Tsukada

Email: yusukets@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sociology of Education, Sociology of Work, Sociology of Mental Health, Sociology of Teaching, Japan, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Wei Zhang

Margaret (Margie) Walkover, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Margaret (Margie) Walkover

Email: walkover@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sociology of Knowledge, Public Sociology, Complexity, Globalization, Climate Change, Population Health, Mental Health/Substance Use, Community Resilience

Advisor: Manfred Steger

Mark Willingham, Jr, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Mark Willingham, Jr

Email: mlw237@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Community-Based Participatory Research, Public Health, Criminology

Advisor: Wei Zhang

Keqing-Zhang, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Keqing Zhang

Email: keqingzh@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Aging and Life Course, Asian American Studies, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Wei Zhang